Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Fitzgerald Getting a Beat on the Birds

Larry Fitzgerald has amped up his game in the last two meetings with the Eagles.

Fitzgerald Getting a Beat on the Birds


In the last four games between the Cardinals and the Eagles, Arizona's offense has scored 12 touchdowns. Larry Fitzgerald has scored eight of them.

The Birds were able to hold Fitzgerald in check to a degree (well, three TDs) in their first two meetings, but he has pretty much has his way with him in the last two meetings, including four catches for 87 yards in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game.

Here are Fitzgerald's games against the Eagles (*NFC Championship Game):

Date Result     Rec.      Yds.     Avg. LG    TD
Dec. 24, 2005     Cardinals, 27-21    5 93 18.6 45 1
Nov. 27, 2008 Eagles, 48-20 5 65 13.0 40 2
Jan. 18, 2009* Cardinals, 32-25 9 152 16.9 t62 3
Nov. 13, 2011 Cardinals, 21-17 7 146 20.9 42 2
   Totals   26 456 17.5      t62 8
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